She Who Makes Theater.
Maeli Goren is a director, playwright, actor, educator, and theater adventurer telling inclusive stories that bring joy, because that is an act of activism.
Maeli's characters inhabit diverse human bodies, puppet bodies, creature bodies, and force-of-nature bodies. She loves stories that make their own music. She believes children are wise. She knows time isn't a line; it's a stack of pancakes.
HOWDY AND WELCOME!
Maeli Goren is a multidisciplinary theater artist originally from Chicagoland. She is especially drawn to reinventing canonical works, heightened text, plays that uplift women's voices, and theater for young audiences. As a director and playwright, Maeli has collaborated with Princeton Summer Theater in New Jersey (Metamorphoses, Sparrow Jones/Jersey Devil, The Children's Hour, and A Midsummer Night's Dream), with Yale Cabaret (The Whale in the Hudson and How to Relearn Yourself), the Yale Center for British Art (Tales for Winter), and Yale Repertory Theater in Connecticut, and with Interrobang Theatre Project, (HER)story, 16th Street Theater, 20% Theatre Company, Something Marvelous, and Chicago Dramatists in Chicagoland. As an actor, Maeli appeared as Juliet in Trinity Repertory Company/RILA’s 2016 mobile, bilingual production of Romeo and Juliet in Rhode Island and has enjoyed many collaborations in the Chicago storefront scene.
Eternally flabbergasted by the wisdom of children, Maeli is a company member of PlayMakers Laboratory, professional theater artists collaborating with student writers throughout Chicago, and a former ensemble member and facilitator with Imagination Theater, a touring company using participatory theater to confront social issues with young people. She formerly taught 7th and 8th grade English as a Second Language and has worked as a teaching artist with companies in Chicagoland, Providence, and New Haven. She served for two years as Managing Director of 16th Street Theater in Berwyn, IL, where she oversaw all educational programming including residencies in three Berwyn/Cicero high schools and a summer program commissioning professional playwrights to create original works for young actors. Maeli was also the recipient of a 2018 Illinois Arts Council StARTS grant to lead teach a devising residency in a Berwyn elementary school for students in grades 1-3. Most recently, she directed and served on the leadership team for the Dwight-Edgewood Project at Yale Repertory Theatre and the Yale School of Drama.
Maeli earned her AB in Comparative Literature from Princeton University (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) with certificates in Theater and Brazilian Studies. Currently, she is pursuing her MFA in directing at Yale School of Drama, where she recently directed Benjamin Benne's In His Hands; or the gay christian play for the Langston Hughes Festival of New Plays. Her anticipated graduation from Yale is June of 2021.
When she's not theater making, Maeli enjoys dog appreciating, flute playing, yoga, restaurant hopping, and learning, because she is a big ole' nerd.